Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz
>> 1998 IDA Award Winners
The International Documentary Association (IDA) presented its 1998
Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards last Friday, with Matthew
Diamond's "Dancemaker" and Werner Herzog's "Little Dieter Needs to Fly"
picking up awards in the feature category. Jay Rosenblatt picked up the
short film award for "Human Remains," which won awards at the 1998
Hamptons International, Chicago Underground and Florida Film Festivals,
among others. The Los Angeles-based non-profit IDA awarded its 1998
Lifetime Achievement Award to a patron saint of documentaries, HBO
senior vice president, Sheila Nivens.
The David L. Wolper Student Achievement Award went to Alliona van der
Horst of the Netherlands Film & Television Academy, for "Dame Met Het
Witte Hoedje" ("Lady With the White Hat)." The 1998 Scholarship and
Preservation Award went to documentarian and NYU professor of film and
television, George Stoney. Mirjarn Quinte and Pepe Danquart were given
the Pare Lorentz Award for "Nach Saison" ("Off Season"). The film
received the 1997 Peace Prize from the International Film Festival in
Berlin, and Danquart's short film, "Schwarzfahrer" ("Black Rider"), won
the 1994 Oscar for live action short film.
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>> Two Distributors Ink Output Pacts
Two New York-based distribution companies, one established and one
newcomer, have signed output deals with cable television networks
covering theatrical releases by the distribs. Showtime Networks Inc.
(SNI) and Stratosphere Entertainment signed a deal covering theatrical
releases between July 1, 1998 and December 31, 2000, while October Films
and Liberty Media-owned Encore Media Group (EMG) signed a deal beginning
in September, 2000 and continuing for more than two years. SNI owns
Showtime, Flix and The Movie Channel, and operates Sundance Channel,
which is owned by SNI, Robert Redford and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment,
while EMG includes STARZ! and Encore.
Stratosphere films that will make their television debut on SNI include
the Oscar nominated Russian film "The Thief," directed by Pavel
Chukhrai, Bruno Barreto's "One Tough Cop" and Gillies MacKinnon's
upcoming Kate Winslet starrer, "Hideously Kinky." Upcoming October Films
releases include James Moll's "The Last Days," executive produced by
Steven Spielberg and the Shoah Foundation and Anand Tucker's "Hilary and
Jackie" featuring Emily Watson as the renowned cellist Jacqueline du
Pre. Films currently in post and scheduled for a 1999 release include
the Albert Brooks directed, Sharon Stone and Andie MacDowell starrer
"The Muse"; Anjelica Huston's follow-up to "Bastard Out of Carolina,"
"The Mammy"; Robert Altman's "Cookies' Fortune," which stars Glenn
Close, Julianne Moore and Liv Tyler, and Philip Haas' "Up At The Villa"
starring Sean Penn and Kristen Scott Thomas.